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Paula Alonso

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Professional affiliation

Director, Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, George Washington University

Full Biography

Paula Alonso is Director of the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program at George Washington University. She is a historian of Latin America who specializes on nineteenth and twentieth century Argentina. Her first book, Between Revolution and the Ballot Box (Cambridge University Press, 2000), examined the formation of the Argentine Radical Party within the context of the modernization of political practices in the 1890s. Her second book, Jardines secretos, legitimaciones públicas, published in 2010, analyzed Argentina’s federal political dynamics under one-party rule in the late nineteenth century. She has also published extensively on the history of ideologies and the nineteenth century press, and is currently writing a book-length history of Argentina to be published by Cambridge University Press. Her research has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Alonso developed her academic career in England and in Argentina before moving to the United States. She has held elected and appointed positions in the American Historical Association and the Latin American Studies Association. She received her D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1992.